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Technical Support Manager - Mississauga, Canada

  • Department Customer and Cloud Operations
  • Location Canada - Toronto
Guidewire's Customer & Cloud Operations team is a pivotal part of Guidewire's success, has a start-up culture within a global public company, and is growing fast. We use our immense knowledge of Guidewire products (gained through company sponsored training), and our ability to read and write Java and SQL, to delight customers with our problem-solving skills and customer service approach.
 
At Guidewire, we make software that offers Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance companies the tools to take care of their customers when they need it the most, whether that’s a time of crisis, a natural disaster, an accident, or exposure to cyber risks. We build the core applications that insurance companies use to sell and underwrite policies, settle claims, and bill their customers.  We also have a portfolio of innovate products serving the needs of P&C insurance companies in areas such as data management, digital online portals, and predictive analytics.  We serve hundreds of insurance providers all over the world, helping them handle billions of dollars of business.
 
We are proud to be voted a Top Cloud Employer on Glassdoor by our own employees and positioned as a market leader by industry experts like Gartner. We have a fun work environment and a culture that lives by our core values of integrity, rationality, and collegiality.
 
We’re searching for people who are as passionate about working together to deliver quality products and support as we are. Join us and enjoy a career where you can make an impact.  You’ll be inspired by those around you, and you’ll be trusted and empowered to go further.
 
Guidewire’s Customer & Cloud Operations (CCO) organization delivers 24x7 service to customers who are using Guidewire software both on-premise and in the Guidewire Cloud.
 
As a Technical Support Manager on the First Responders team, you will be responsible for hiring, leading, managing and developing a team of 8-12 Technical Support Engineers and 3-5 contractors as they research and resolve all incoming support cases from Guidewire’s customer base.  This position requires strong managerial skills, a deep commitment to customer satisfaction, and experience in driving process improvement.
 
Reporting to the Director of Global Customer Support, your role will be operational execution. You will be managing daily support operations, playing a supervisory role to Technical Support Engineers and acting as an escalation point for Guidewire’s customers in critically severe or sensitive situations. Examples of responsibilities include assigning support cases, ensuring even distribution of case workload, setting on-call schedules for the team and running daily shift handover meetings. The Technical Support Manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring the team meets all customer initial response SLAs and internal resolution SLAs.
 
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Team Management
Manage a team of Technical Support Engineers known as “First Responders”, who field all incoming support cases from Guidewire’s customers
Take full management responsibility for your team, including motivating them, hiring/mentoring/coaching, writing performance reviews, and preparing overall performance evaluations
Create/execute a talent pipeline from the First Responders team into other groups within the company (targeting 1-3 transfers per year)
Manage, measure, and report on key service level metrics including response rate, closure rate, average turnaround time, and customer satisfaction
Build and maintain relationships with other Technical Support Managers to ensure that services are consistent across regions, and that productivity goals are understood and exceeded
Develop action plans to address areas of concern identified in customer satisfaction surveys
Leverage customer support best practices and process frameworks to drive continual process improvement
Promote self-service tools and the knowledge repository as mechanisms to improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs
Maintain frequent communication with peers and other Customer and Cloud Operations (CCO) teams to maintain awareness of issues or changing processes/standards
Assist with the definition, documentation, communication and training of case management SOPs inspired by ITIL best practices
Drive continuous maintenance and contributions to the Technical Support Engineer knowledgebase
Play a lead role in the continued improvement of the First Responders’ operational processes
 
Day-to-Day Operations
Provide daily coordination and guidance of the First Responders team to process all incoming support cases to ensure courteous, timely and effective response to customer issues
Assign cases to team employees, and monitor each employee’s caseload to ensure even workload distribution and rapid resolution
Escalate and reprioritize aging support cases as needed
Manage the assignment of after-hours on-call responsibility and arrange for team members to be available outside of normal business hours when needed to help with urgent customer issues
Ensure that all support cases are documented in accordance with CCO quality standards
Periodically review support case metrics and dashboards to track employee performance and identify trends, anomalies, and opportunities for improvement
Assist in the QA process of new iterations of the software
Identify incoming cases which are out of scope and redirect them to the appropriate team
 
Case Resolution
Ensure that your team researches, responds to and accurately resolves cases of moderate complexity, in a timely manner and in accordance with CCO standards
Function as the first escalation point for customers who have concerns about a particular case
Proactively take ownership and responsibility for support cases where and when required
Escalate customer issues to the Director of Global Support as appropriate
Participate in team projects that enhance the quality or efficiency of support
 
Knowledge Management
Develop a broad knowledge of Guidewire’s software products
Advance the use of a knowledge repository to share information among all support groups
Contribute to an environment that encourages information sharing, team-based resolution activity, cross training and an absolute focus on doing what is best for the customer
Play a lead role in the continued improvement of Guidewire’s operational processes
 
 
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Education and Work Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field
Experience with Incident Management methodologies, systems and tools
3+ years supervisory or leadership experience of a customer-facing IT/Technical team
Experience with a commercial customer incident tracking or CRM system such as Salesforce.com
Experience using a software defect tracking system such as JIRA
Experience working with outside Service Providers and Partner organizations
Experience managing geographically distributed and culturally diverse employees
 
Personal Qualities
Relentless dedication to customer service in both words and actions
Team orientation – Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish strong relationships with all levels of management
Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, with the ability to lead/manage large conference calls
Ability to handle multiple tasks with changing priorities and capable of handling frequent interruptions positively
Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability influence peers and senior management
Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting
Must have a thorough knowledge, understanding of, and appreciation for record keeping principals and systems
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Employ sound business judgment when making business decisions
Use creative and innovative ways to solve problems
Display a strong work ethic and do whatever it takes to get the job done
Demonstrate strong follow-through and consistently keep commitments to customers and employees
Display an understanding of the customer’s needs and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction
Ensure that each and every customer is handled with a consummately professional attitude and the highest possible level of service
 
Other Requirements
Ability to read, write, and speak fluent English
You will score bonus points if you can also read, write, and speak another language such as French or German
You will be part of a team that works together at one of our company offices (working remotely is not an option)
Your standard working hours will be 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday (except in Dublin or Madrid, where your standard working hours will be 7:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday)
We provide 24x7 support to our customers, so we expect you to be available as needed for after-hours production emergencies
Travel – Expect occasional travel (less than 10%) to other Guidewire offices for training and meetings



About Guidewire

Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently.


Guidewire combines core, data, digital, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. More than 400 insurers, including the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire.

As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record with 1000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our Marketplace provides hundreds of add-ons that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.

Guidewire Software Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All offers are contingent upon passing a criminal history and other background checks where it's applicable to the position.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 
Talent rewards

The perks. The rewards. The good stuff.

We’re proud to shout about our awesome benefits packages. Holistic wellness is a big deal for us. We offer everything you need to support your work and, most importantly, your work-life balance. We’re committed to helping you be the best version of yourself. Inside and outside of work.

FINANCIAL

FINANCIAL

Receive market-competitive pay and incentive programs—because you deserve it! To help future-proof your income, we offer generous support through retirement savings plans.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Keep your physical and emotional health in tip-top shape with health insurance for you and your family, an employee assistance program, annual wellness reimbursement, and access to wellness resources.

FLEXIBLE WORKING

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Work in an environment where you’ll have the freedom and trust to make an impact, with time for your life outside of work.

DOWNTIME

DOWNTIME

Relax and kick back through our generous paid time-off programs. Make a difference in your community with three volunteer days each year. Take your own personal day of rest with My Day. We also offer ample paid leave for all new parents.

CONTINUAL DEVELOPMENT

CONTINUAL DEVELOPMENT

We encourage self-directed learning, giving you every chance to become a better version of yourself, both professionally and personally. At Guidewire, lifelong learning is here for the taking.

CAREER MOBILITY

CAREER MOBILITY

Your career opportunities are only limited by your own imagination. Guidewire’s community is filled with chances to expand your horizons across any of our teams or worldwide‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ locations.